EXHIBITS OF THE work of student artists, of a skilled painter, and of an award-winning photographer and a first-of-its-kind exhibit on “The Synagogues of Newark” will be on display at JCC MetroWest in West Orange in the coming months.
A display of works by early childhood, grade school, and adult students from the JCC’s arts classes will be shown in the Gaelen Gallery through May 19 as part of the annual “School of the Arts Celebration.” The celebration will also include a dance and music recital on Sunday, May 19, at 10 a.m.; tickets cost $8 and are available through the JCC MetroWest box office.
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The art of Sara Greenberg will be on display in the JCC’s lower lobby in May and June. Greenberg has said that her outlook as a chasidic Jew informs all her work and that she sees everything as an organic part of Creation, with dimensions of spirituality that can be accessed by anyone. Educated at The Cooper Union in New York City and the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Greenberg has over 35 years’ experience as a drawing and painting instructor, and her works have been widely exhibited.
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Also on exhibit in the lower lobby, in July and August, will be the photographs of Ira Nemeroff, a photographer for over 70 years. In his work, he concentrates on capturing, and often interpreting, both natural and man-made forms and shapes. Nemeroff has achieved Grand Master status in the Photographic Society of America and has won numerous awards in juried art shows in the United States, India, England, Serbia, Ireland, Argentina, Germany, and Finland.
A free reception to honor the Greenberg and Nemeroff exhibits will be held Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
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“Synagogues of Newark,” which will be in the JCC’s Gaelen Gallery East during June and July, is based on extensive archival research in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey. This first-of-its-kind exhibit displays images of and information on more than 15 synagogues that served as centers of Jewish life in Newark during the first half of the 20th century, when the city’s Jewish population numbered more than 50,000.